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  • Eager fans flock to new Harry Potter attraction

    Eager fans flock to new Harry Potter attraction

    The new Harry Potter attraction at Universal Orlando opened to crowds of fans eager to be among the first to experience the theme park’s Diagon Alley expansion based on J.K. Rowling’s books and the popular films about the boy wizard. Fans began...

  • Wizard returns

    Harry Potter has returned, in a short story posted online by J.K. Rowling that features her bestselling hero at a school reunion, approaching the age of 34 and showing a few grey hairs. Written as an article in the fictional Daily Prophet...

  • All revved up for Portia

    All revved up for Portia

    Actresses often take umbrage at Shakespeare because the majority of his choice parts go to male actors. However, he does throw a few wonderful women our way and Portia is up there with the best of them. She’s a puzzler though, and a bit like...

  • Pharrell leaves Montreux festival fans wanting more

    Pharrell leaves Montreux festival fans wanting more

    Pharrell Williams gave a slick concert for a pumped-up crowd at the Montreux Jazz Festival, but some fans were less than happy when he left the famed stage after just an hour. The American R&B singer and producer, accompanied by his band, two...

  • Depp cameo in Sir Paul’s video

    Depp cameo in Sir Paul’s video

    Sir Paul McCartney has joined up with Hollywood star Johnny Depp for his new video but fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean actor could be forgiven for not spotting him on film. The star has a blink-and-you’ll miss him appearance as a blues...

  • More spectacular and over the top

    More spectacular and over the top

    Transfomers: Age of Extinction (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 165 minutesDirected by: Michael BayStarring: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, Titus WelliverVoices of: Peter Cullen,...

  • Mars brings down Wireless curtain

    Mars brings down Wireless curtain

    Treasure singer Bruno Mars declared he “loves” London as he brought the sun down on the closing night of London’s Wireless Festival. After Kanye West’s tirades over the previous two nights, the 28-year-old Hawaiian crooner opted for a more sedate...

  • Grande tops first streaming chart

    Grande tops first streaming chart

    US singer-songwriter Ariana Grande topped Britain’s singles chart on Sunday with her track Problem featuring Iggy Azalea, becoming the first performer to head a new-look chart based on internet streaming as well as physical sales data. The...

  • Ford injury delays Star Wars shoot

    Harrison Ford’s injury will cause production on Star Wars: Episode VII to be suspended for two weeks. Disney announced shooting would be halted for two weeks in August to adjust the production schedule following Ford’s injury. The 71-year-old...

  • Popular French character focus of New York exhibit

    Popular French character focus of New York exhibit

    Madeline, the plucky French schoolgirl depicted in illustrated children’s books, was created 75 years ago and New York is marking the anniversary of the iconic character with a special exhibition. Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans,...

  • Seeking self through dance

    Seeking self through dance

    As the countdown to the Malta Arts Festival begins, Jo Caruana takes a closer look at one special dance performance making its way over from the Netherlands. This year, dance will certainly be given the platform it deserves at the Malta Arts...

  • The contemporary connection

    The contemporary connection

    With this year’s Dance Hybrid Malta forming part of the Malta Arts Festival, contemporary dance is certainly finding its feet within the island’s dynamic cultural scene. Jo Caruana chats to founder Francesca Tranter to discover what’s in store...

  • It takes two

    Dancer and choreographer Mavin Khoo – who is also on this year’s Malta Arts Festival artistic committee – tells David Schembri about the triple bill of duets featured in the festival. “I love duets, because I think that in duets you immediately...

  • Meet the bands from elsewhere

    Meet the bands from elsewhere

    Boasting an eclectic mix of musical genres, the line-up for the Maltese edition of the Hard Rock Rising on the Road concert tour is one that effectively reflects the healthy state which the local music scene has reached in recent years. The...

  • Lucy’s first, not Lucy’s last

    Lucy’s first, not Lucy’s last

    It is said that good music begets good music. So perhaps it is fitting that the founding members of Lucy’s Last – one of the newer bands to hit the scene – decided to get together to make music on their way out of The Prodigy gig back in 2010. “We...

  • Strumming for a great cause

    Remember those 80 guitarists on one stage last year? They rocked the audience with music from the greats like The Beatles, Smokie and The Tramps. Strummin’ is back and preparations for this year’s edition are now in full swing, and applications...

  • Baroque festival to celebrate composer Geronimo Abos

    Baroque festival to celebrate composer Geronimo Abos

    The Manoel Theatre has announced the programme of the forthcoming third edition of the Valletta International Baroque Festival 2015. With 21 events over 15 days in seven venues, the 2015 version aims to build on the success of the first two. The...

  • Flutes on holiday

    Flutes on holiday

    Six flutes. That’s like one giant humanoid mutant panpipe, and perhaps only the most hardcore flute enthusiasts would find that appealing. The recent recital at Palazzo de La Salle by the Napier University Flute Choir, featuring Duo Aulos, proved...

  • Manoel Theatre gets carpet treatment

    Manoel Theatre gets carpet treatment

    To keep up with its regal appearance dating back to the times of the Knights, the Manoel Theatre received a significant facelift as part of the continuous refurbishment of this cultural hub – a new carpet covering the stairs, landings and all the...

  • Respecting stone and space

    Respecting stone and space

    An artistic project at Ġgantija Temples inspired Immanuel Mifsud to write a poem about the heritage site. He tells Veronica Stivala why he has a special affinity with prehistoric structures. In the same way as William Wordsworth’s famous poem...

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